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Australia’s Travis Head eyes bigger bowling role in second Test against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Batsman Travis Head stated his off-spin goes to be labored into Australia‘s technique for the second Test in opposition to Sri Lanka after he bagged an unlikely 4 wickets within the collection opener.
Head, a left-hand batsman and an occasional bowler, returned figures of 4-10 to match lead spinner Nathan Lyon’s second-innings wicket haul in Friday’s three-day thrashing of the hosts in Galle.
The middle-order batsman was solely declared match simply forward of the primary Test after he missed the fifth one-day worldwide because of a hamstring damage.
But the 28-year-old stated he was clear about his all-rounder position on Galle’s turning pitch earlier than the match started.
“It was a waiting game for a few days before the Test and bowling was a big part of that,” he advised reporters.
“I knew I was going to have a role at some point but the two spinners, all the bowlers, did a fantastic job for myself and Marnus (Labuschagne) not to be needed at all.
“It’s going to be an enormous a part of the following Test,” he added. “I anticipated to bowl (within the first Test) however possibly not at that stage of the sport.”
Head was called on to bowl in the 19th over of Sri Lanka’s second innings with the hosts already struggling at 95-4 after returning to bat with a deficit of 109 runs.
The finger spinner struck on his second ball to send back Dinesh Chandimal for his maiden Test wicket after 26 previous appearances.
He bowled a flatter off-break to deceive Dhananjaya de Silva three balls later, with the batsman offering no shot on a ball that hit his pad and was judged lbw.
Lyon, who took a match haul of nine wickets, was already on a roll from the other end, and Head’s twin strikes in his third over wiped off the tail to bundle out Sri Lanka for 113.
Cummins praised Head’s bowling effort after the team’s 10-wicket win to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.
“He’s all the time fairly eager for a bowl. First Test wicket too, so he is received 4 now,” said Cummins.
“We wished Travis within the facet as a result of he presents not solely batting however bowling as properly.”
But Head insisted his main role was to score runs and expressed disappointment after making just six before he was caught and bowled off de Silva’s spin in the first innings.
“I felt my lead-up was actually good, I simply made a mistake,” said Head.
“It’s superb all of the work you are able to do within the nets… but it surely’s about going out and emulating that.”
The second Test begins Friday on the similar venue.



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